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Archroma appoints head of sustainability for Textile Specialties

The company has also released its list of products compliant with the new ZDHC MRSL version 1.1.

13th January 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Reinach


James Carnahan, who joined from the BASF textile chemicals business acquired by Archroma in July 2014, has been appointed as Global Sustainability Manager, Textile Specialties, and will be responsible to further intensify the business focus on more sustainable solutions.

30 years of experience

Carnahan has more than 30 years of experience in textile chemicals in application development and marketing & sales in South Africa, Italy, Germany, China and Singapore. In his last role with BASF, he was responsible for portfolio strategy development and implementation, with focus on developing sustainable solutions to support the textile value chain in this direction.

Thomas Winkler, President Textile Specialties at Archroma, commented the nomination: “Everyone at Archroma is committed to continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable. We have been looking for the right sustainability specialist and, when we met James Carnahan, we realized he shared our belief and had been acting upon it during his past tenure.”

Concentration limits

The ZDHC Group’s Manufacturers List of Restricted Substances sets concentration limits for the chemical groups banned under the ZDHC Joint Roadmap, an initiative first launched in 2011 by major apparel and footwear brands to lead the industry toward zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2021.

The ZDHC Group updated its Manufacturing Restricted Substance List in December 2015. The updated document now includes leather apparel and footwear applications, and updates its list of priority chemicals with maximum concentration limit of each substance within commercial chemical formulations.

“We didn’t have to remove one single product from our list to comply with the updated list of the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List,” said James Carnahan. “This is a consequence of Archroma’s long commitment to supporting textile producers and brand owners in identifying products that help reducing or eliminating impurities from the wastewater, as well as those reducing water and energy usage in processing.”

Reliable approach

Archroma published its list of ZDHC MRSL-compliant colorants and chemicals for textile and apparel for the first time in July 2014, shortly after the first version of the ZDHC MRSL was released. The list features a full range of colorants and chemicals for colours and functional effects, and process chemicals, covering fibres to finishing.

Archroma’s ZDHC MRSL-compliant products are also integrated into Archroma’s ONE WAY Calculator, the tool used by Archroma as part of its ONE WAY Sustainability Service to support customers by providing a fast, measurable and reliable approach to the selection of chemical product and process solutions.

The new list released by Archroma actually required no change from its previous version, as the listed range of colorants and chemicals all already complied with the limits set by the updated version 1.1 of the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List.

The list can be downloaded here

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